Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

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Source: The Santa Barbara Humane Society

The last three dogs from a closing animal shelter in Coalinga, CA will have a second chance to find their forever homes at the Santa Barbara Humane Society.

The shelter in Coalinga, CA is closing for important renovations this week, and as the operation of the shelter passes from Coalinga’s Animal Control to a nonprofit organization. The dogs, who are all 2 years old, were flown into Santa Barbara Municipal Airport by a volunteer from Pilots N Paws on Friday, June 14, 2019.

This is not the first time that Santa Barbara Humane Society has stepped in to help other shelters in need. Last year, SBHS took fifteen dogs from shelters in the path of Hurricane Michael. Additionally, during the Woolsey Fire, Santa Barbara Humane Society took in thirteen dogs from Ventura County Animal Services.

Kerri Burns, the Executive Director of Santa Barbara Humane Society, says that SBHS is always happy to help other shelters, “We are all in this for the same reason—to help animals, and so we are always happy to help a partner when they are in need.” 

About the Santa Barbara Human Society

The Santa Barbara Humane Society is dedicated to the welfare of animals and strives to provide a safe haven for homeless dogs and cats while we actively seek forever homes for them. The Society serves the community with a shelter, animal adoption services, a spay/neuter and vaccination clinic, humane education center, boarding kennels, and professional inspection and emergency response services. Visit sbhumanesociety.org, see our Facebook and Instagram, or call (805) 964-4777, or visit us at 5399 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara.

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Roger Jun 19, 2019 12:34 PM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

I guess maybe the police ought to come over here pick me up and throw me in the joint then because I was bought up and have that aggression and propensity crap in me too..Why hide your handle no one knows who the hell you are anyway.

Flicka Jun 19, 2019 09:48 AM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

The pits that the celebrity "Vicks" had, bred and raised for fighting, were all going to be put down. A rescue group here in CA took all of them, only one dog had to be eliminated for aggressiveness. The rest became loving pets, some became therapy dogs.

PitMix Jun 20, 2019 12:25 PM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

Red Creek, the low adoption rates of pit bulls in shelters has a lot to do with: Landlord rules, homeowner insurance restrictions, general fear of the breed, general ignorance of the breed, overbreeding because idiot owners don't neuter/spay them because they think it will alter their personality or they intend to make money by breeding. I've fostered and owned more than 20 over the years as a shelter volunteer and have never had any incidents with them.

Red Creek Jun 19, 2019 02:52 PM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

Flicka, you are right, the "Vicks" dogs became "Victory" dogs, but it took a while and I am not sure that all were able to go to homes of non-shelter families . https://bestfriends.org/stories-about-dogs I visited Best Friends in Kanab Utah during the first years of their treatment and saw the dogs in cages. Unfortunately, the Pitbull breed is very powerful and if not in a good home, can be a problem. We have a close relative who manages a shelter and sees very little rehabilitation of aggressive dogs and less adoptions than other breeds for that reason

Sagepup Jun 19, 2019 11:07 AM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

All Breeds and species including humans have some bad, but we don't irradicate a whole breed or species because of this, most pits just like humans are good loving dogs, and all breeds and species including humans get real nasty when there is a food problem, so Phantom Blot and OOps your fear based sanity is insane. You make a lovely fear based couple :)

horsegirl Jun 19, 2019 08:32 AM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

first of all, it's not a species, but a breed. they are just a type of dog, like any other dog. sure, right now they attract bad owners, but the same can be said for dobermans, German shepherds, and Rottweilers in the past. Just as with any dog, they are perfectly healthy and happy given a stable and supportive home environment. and just how do you propose "eradicating" an entire breed? by taking dogs away from their families forcefully and killing dogs that have done nothing to deserve it? Hah. good luck. thats absolutely despicable.

PitMix Jun 19, 2019 08:31 AM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

Dogist remarks. They are like any other large strong breed or species including humans, raised properly they are fine, raised improperly they can be dangerous. Comments like that raise the fear factor surrounding them, which makes it more likely that miscreants will get them and raise them improperly through intention of ignorance.

Shasta Guy Jun 18, 2019 09:19 PM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

My shelter dog is a killer too. She is full of so much love and tail wags that she kills sad people and turns them into happy people and full of smiles. I hope they all find forever homes with the right people.

PitMix Jun 18, 2019 02:38 PM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

Those look like some of my relatives, pit mixes. The SBHS has a really large endowment and I hope they can spend some of it to find these pups a nice home. I have room to foster one of them if the HS has a foster program going. Last time I checked, they didn't.

purpleflower Jun 18, 2019 02:50 PM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

Hi Pitmix - we do indeed have a foster program going and we would love you to foster one of the Coalinga dogs or another dog of your choice (hint: check out Boss!) Please call 805-964-4777 x 104 about fostering, or come visit us any day between 11 am and 6 pm except Wednesdays when we're closed to the public. We also close at 4 pm on Sundays.

a-1563625997 Jun 18, 2019 12:44 PM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

I hope all of these dogs get their happy forever homes. In our family, since I was 12, we have always taken in cast off dogs. The family "joke" was we never took in a dog that was less than 9 months of age. We never knew our dogs' birthdays or much regarding their histories. My first dog was a JYD (junk yard dog), no kidding. A "ferocious" Doberman. People used to cross the street, when they'd see us on a walk. Each and every dog turned out to be "The Best Dog." It's all about time spent, consistency in training and lots and lots of love. Breed doesn't matter. And dogs will get over former abuse once you take the time to show them stability and love.

yacht rocked Jun 18, 2019 09:41 AM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

Pilots N Paws, yet another 501c3 non-profit that essentially uses taxpayer subsidy to pay for flying as a hobby while doing what many would consider to be noble charity. File with Yachts for Sea Scouts, etc. Not saying charity isn't a good thing, but it's also clever, and as a non-profit that means the rest of us taxpayers are paying for it. OK, sorry.

Abc109 Jun 18, 2019 01:54 PM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

@ Yacht, ask me if I would rather my taxes go to this rather than the $20M being spent to "refresh" Paseo Nuevo, and you can pretty much guess what my answer would be. "The rest of us taxpayers" pay for an awful lot we would never agree with. So, I'm cool with dogs and people flying them every once in a while.

a-1563625997 Jun 18, 2019 09:04 AM
Last Three Dogs from A Closing Shelter Get a Second Chance

Good god oops. way to judge a book by its cover. they are very likely there due to no fault of their own and are as equally deserving of a chance at a loving forever home as ANY other dog.

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